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Mudrocks are being considered as potential hosts for radioactive waste repositories in a number of countries. However, faults are known to occur in most sedimentary environments, which could act as near vertical conduits for direct groundwater flow from the repository to the surface, effectively forming a short circuit in a larger, less active, regional groundwater flow system. The British Geological Survey, in cooperation with ISMES of Italy, is carrying out a research programme into faults through clay formations. The programme has two major aims; first to develop geophysical techniques to locate and measure the geophysical properties of faults in mudrocks; second, to measure the hydrogeological properties of the fault and its effect on the groundwater flow pattern through a sequence of mudrocks and aquifers. This report outlines the criteria and methodology developed for the selection of faulted mudrock research sites in the U.K.

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Authors: ALEXANDER J, British Geological Survey, Nottingham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12704 EN (1990) 40 pp., FS, ECU 5
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-1444-1
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